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Link found between the economic crisis and suicide rates

Published on 15/08/2012

The recession could be to blame for over 1,000 suicides, according to a new report published in the British Medical Journal.

Academics from the universities of Liverpool, Cambridge and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine looked at data from the National Clinical and Health Outcomes database.

They found that between 2000 and 2010 each annual 10 per cent increase in the number of unemployed people was associated with a 1.4 per cent increase in the number of male suicides.

The study, called a time-trend analysis, compared the actual number of suicides with those expected if pre-recession trends had continued.

It estimates that 846 men and 155 women have committed suicide because of the economic crisis in England.

Academics admit that whilst it is impossible to directly link suicides to depression over unemployment, the power of association is in this instance strong.

Clare Wyllie, head of policy and research at Samaritans, said: “It is well-established that the suicide rate tends to rise with unemployment and recession.

"This research gives us credible evidence that the suicide rate in England is linked to the current recession.

"We’ve seen calls to the helpline from people worried about financial difficulties double since the onset of the economic crisis."

The conclusions of this report were strengthened by other indicators of rising mental health problems, stress and anxiety found by British GPs in a separate study.

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